Meeting scheduled to collect input on public transit
By Mason Watkins
PADUCAH, Ky -
The Regional Public Transit Authorities are looking for feedback, It's first attempt at a community meeting was canceled because of snow. The meeting has been rescheduled.
On April 23, the three public transit authorities in the Purchase Region, Fulton County Transit Authority, Murray-Calloway County Transit Authority and Paducah Area Transit System, are coming together to talk with customers who use the lines the most often. Their goal is to identify the needs of local citizens in order to potentially develop new services or routes.
Thomas Todd has been driving for PATS for nearly 20 years. He told Local 6, it's improved a lot over the years, but the one thing he thinks everyone would benefit from is extended hours of operations.
"I wish the city would just make make it five or six days a week straight 24/7. That way when one shift goes off another one comes on and you can transport these people," he said.
Janice Litchfield takes a scheduled service five days a week to and from work. She agrees the service is wonderful, but would like it to operate later than 6:00 p.m.
"I really wish they would expand their hours to like 8 o'clock at night," she said. "That way it give me a better opportunity to get more things done. I have to work during the day and I could be closing the store out, but I don't have a ride otherwise."
The meeting will take place at noon on April 23rd at the PADD.
All interested parties, including users and providers, are encouraged to attend this hearing. Each of the transit authorities have offered to provide free transportation to the public hearing to those interested in attending.